A native of New York, Chertoff lived in pre-state Palestine, served in the
Hagana while working at the Post and celebrated the May 1948 creation of Israel
in downtown Jerusalem.
In 1945, at the age of 24, Chertoff took a
sabbatical from rabbinical studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary to travel
Post editor Gershon Agron hired Chertoff as a copy editor,
and soon after, the idealistic Zionist was recruited by the Hagana.
the establishment of Israel, Chertoff joined the IDF.
He returned to the
US in 1951 and was ordained as a Conservative rabbi, serving in congregations in
Austin, Texas and Pittsburgh.
Chertoff, who was married twice and had two
children, eventually left the pulpit for a career in the World Zionist
In 2008, Chertoff returned to Israel as a “new” immigrant
and lived the rest of his years near his children in Jerusalem, the city he had
called home a half-century earlier.
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